DULUTH, Minn. -

A meeting called “Celebrations, Barriers, and Solutions to STEM Access,” discussed how to further Science, Technology, engineering and Math education in the Northland.

Businesses, school representatives, and community leaders brainstormed ideas at the conference held in Duluth, and talked about why STEM education is so important for the future of communities across North Eastern Minnesota.

Organizers say increasing access to STEM Education to students of all ages may help prepare them for future jobs. Businesses also put in their 2 cents to suggest what educators could do to help create a skilled workforce.

"Northeast Minnesota is a beautiful place, but unless you grew up here, it’s hard to come here. We believe we can create a community that wants to stay and live here, but we have to have the jobs, we have to have the access to it," said Moe Benda the Director the the Iron Range Graduate Education Program of UMD.

The conference was hosted by the North East Minnesota STEM Network and the Minnesota Office for Broadband development.

Speakers included Duluth Mayor Emily Larson and Congressman Rick Nolan.